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September 18, 2006

Monetary Policy
China’s future?

The Bank of Korea is taking ongoing losses on its reserve holdings.    South Korea's central bank may have a loss of as much as 3 trillion won ($3.1 billion) in 2006 because of interest costs f…

November 21, 2006

The booms in Spanish and Irish real estate make the US real estate boom look timid

I have outsourced Thanksgiving blogging to Charles Gottlieb of the Center for European policy studies in Brussels.   (Charles.gottlieb at ceps.be)His topic: The Spanish and Irish housing booms (or bu…


December 23, 2006

United States
Malpass on the US trade deficit …

Tis the season to be compassionate. And I guess that also applies to those who are allowed to grace the Wall Street Journal’s oped page – The opinions there rarely come as much of a surprise. …

April 13, 2008

Emerging Markets
Case closed: A savings glut, not an investment drought

The data at the back of the IMF’s latest WEO (table A16) indicate that the emerging world’s savings surplus stems from a “glut” of savings, not a “drought” of investment. In 2007, the savings rate o…


November 23, 2008

A new economic team

As Calculated Risk notes, before moving to New York I worked for Mr. Geithner at both the Treasury and the IMF. Mr. Geithner was, by the end of the 1990s, in charge of Treasury’s International Aff…

December 16, 2009

Thailand’s Southern Insurgency

While most of the US policy-making community focuses on the AfPak theater, in southern Thailand another violent insurgency, which has attracted virtually no media attention, has proven nearly as dead…

February 8, 2010

Anwar and Malaysia’s Unfortunate Downturn

When has any potential success story fallen as far and as fast in recent years as Malaysia? Sure, Iceland’s economy has collapsed, after its banks made such risky loans they made American financial i…

April 12, 2010

Obama’s India Problem

Photo Courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Young U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner this week completed a trip to India, a country taking its place at the top table of the global economy for the first ti…

Obama’s India Problem

March 12, 2010

Why is U.S.-China Strategic Coordination So Hard?

Photo Courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Young Richard Holbrooke, the president’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, says that Washington and Beijing are “talking about common strategic symmetry.” “W…

Why is U.S.-China Strategic Coordination So Hard?

April 12, 2010

United States
Reading Ramo on China--why he’s right and wrong

This past weekend, I happened to come upon an article on Time.com by my good friend Joshua Ramo (“Hu’s Visit: Finding a Way Forward on U.S.-China Relations,” April 8, 2010). It is a great piece, not …

Reading Ramo on China--why he’s right and wrong